TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman cross country runner Stuart West and tennis player Marie Stettler have earned the Exchange Club of Terre Haute’s Athlete of the Week Awards for their weekend performances and will be recognized during the club’s luncheon meeting today at the Holiday Inn.
West finished third to help the Engineer men win the Earlham Invitational, completing the 8-kilometer race in 27:42. He was the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Freshman Runner of the Year in 2011 after earning all-conference honors and is preparing for the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet that Rose-Hulman is hosting Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Course.
Stettler won both matches at No. 1 singles and went 1-1 at No. 1 doubles as Rose-Hulman defeated Hanover and lost to Franklin. She is 7-3 in singles and 5-5 in doubles this fall, and her career singles record is now 32-15.
In other awards:
• Rose freshman honored by HCAC — Jacob Dye of Rose-Hulman has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts at Hanover on Saturday.
Dye returned three kickoffs for 82 yards, including a career-long 42-yard return. He averages 24.6 yards per kickoff return on eight attempts this season and also leads the team in receiving yards (324), average per catch (15.4) and touchdowns (4). He has 21 receptions in the team’s first five games.
Rose-Hulman, 2-3 and 2-1 in the HCAC, has a home game this Saturday against Bluffton.
• ISU men move up, women down — Indiana State’s men took a step up while the women took three steps back, according to Great Lakes Region rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Sycamore men competed in the Blue Division at the Notre Dame Invitational in a field that had 11 nationally ranked teams. The results helped the Sycamores move up to eighth in the region.
“This was probably the best invitational held last weekend in the country,” coach John McNichols said. “We didn’t finish as high up as we wanted but when you look at the strength of the field, it was not a bad day. We are hopeful that the showing will put us in the fast division at the Pre-Nationals in two weeks.”
Sycamore women also did not have the kind of showing they were looking for at Notre Dame with a seventh-place finish in the Gold Division, and are now 15th in the region.
“We had a great effort by our top runners but we still have too big a gap to our next three,” coach John Gartland said. “That is something that we really need to work on before Pre-Nationals.”
• Archer earns silver — At Budapest, Hungary, Greg Archer of Terre Haute won a silver medal for a second-place finish at the 2012 Veterans Freestyle World Championship on Sept. 21.
The former Indiana State wrestler helped the U.S. team to a third-place finish behind Russia and Turkey.
Archer competed in the 167-pound weight class in the 61-65 age group.
• Rose sixth — At Clayton, Rose-Hulman’s women placed sixth at the Franklin Invitational that ended Sunday.
Emily Barker led the Engineers with a 17th-place finish and a score of 88.
Team scores — Franklin 327, Hanover 336, Olivet 342, Mount St. Joseph 371, Transylvania 375, Rose-Hulman 377, Manchester 384.
Rose-Hulman — 17. Emily Barker 88, 22. Deanne DeKeizer 92, 37. Jaclyn Smith 96, 37. Chloe LaVelle 96, 58. Hayley Vonder Haar 106, Samantha Springer 106.
Next — Rose-Hulman has a Sunday match at Hulman Links against St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
• ISU outing — At the Country Club of Terre Haute, the ISU Insurance and Risk Management outing was played last week.
56 — Terry Burns, Tom Gowin, Mike Rosandich, Scott Hickner
57 — T.J. Mattick, Adam English, Justin Woodruff, Sam Copra
59 — Ben Fuelberth, Craig Fuson, Rick McNamar, Kent Stegemoller
Long drive — Andrew Smith (No. 8)
Long putt — Dawn Freund (No. 9)
Closest to pin — Tom Vandergrift (No. 10)
Straight drive — Fuelberth (No. 18)